Jean Watson: a Caring Moment Essay

1590 Words Jun 16th, 2012 7 Pages
Jean Watson: A Caring Moment
Christie M. Ishman RN
NUR/403 Theories and Models of Nursing Practice
April 4, 2011
Stephanie Merck, APRN, MS, CS

Background of theory
The caring theorist, Jean Watson, first developed her theory and published the philosophy and science of caring in 1979 (Current Nursing, 2011). She describes nursing as a process of caring not curing, and that it is effectively practiced and demonstrated interpersonally only. Her theory also “suggests that caring is a different way of being human, present, attentive, conscious, and intentional” (Wafika, Welmann, Omer, & Thomas, December 2009, p. 293). Watson believed that “caring is central to nursing and the unifying focus for [our] practice (Blais, Hayes,
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Watson’s first carative factor The first carative factor of Watson is a philosophical one of “the formation of a humanistic-altruistic system of values” (Alligood, 2010, p. 113). I have known all my life that I wanted to be a nurse and so this philosophy started to develop in me at an early age. My personal life experiences have matured and promoted my altruistic behavior toward others as well (Current Nursing, 2011). I know that when I cared for Gary and with all my patients, their needs are the central focus of my care. I also need to treat myself well because when I am “filled with stress and negativity [I] cannot provide an atmosphere conducive to [caring] (Chitty & Black, 2011, p. 247).
Watson’s third carative factor Watson’s third carative factor is also philosophically based of “cultivation of sensitivity to one’s self and to others” (Alligood, 2010, p. 113) as well as cultivating my own spiritual practices going beyond my egocentric self (Blais, Hayes, Kozier, & Erb, 2006). It is interesting how different my perspective was back when I took care of Gary to present day and how a variety of different factors impacts the sensitivity of caring (Wafika, Welmann, Omer, & Thomas December 2009). I did not cultivate or even have a spiritual sense of who I was, though I always thought that people, whether residents of nursing homes, patients, or in general, deserved to be treated with dignity and respect. Today in bringing all of my life experiences I have a
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